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Need help! Might be simple, might not...

In my last dungeon of the demo, I want to set up a MGS-style deal wherein patroling guards can spot you, immediately triggering a fight and whatever else. Thing is, I have no idea how to do this. I've seen it done before in an RM2K game I played, but I can't for the life of me remember which one. It wouldn't have to be terribly realistic (not really asking for a wide field-of-view, here), just enough to make for a tough puzzle.

Shmeckie's Comic Art and Character Sketches!

Figured this would be a good idea; I post some of my character designs and bits of comic-style art for good ol' critique and commentary! What better way to improve, eh?

So I'll start by showing the cover of my current project I'm pitching to some publishers. Pencils were done by me, inks were done by the supremely talented Stacy Smith.

Money and Power

Money and Power
Born of my insatiable addiction to storytelling, Money and Power is an RM2K game I've been working on off-and-on while working to be a published comic book author. Serving not only to whet my appetite to tell stories, but as practice and excercise in storytelling. The premise is as follows:

It's been several hundred years since the fall of Daideus; a god-like being that came from seemingly nowhere, and had his way with the world. For decades, Daideus did as he pleased, with no real goal behind his wanton destruction. He just seemed to be having fun with the planet, and his ludicrous power. However, the 5 nations of the world, previously at indefinate odds with each other, managed to come together to form one collective assault on Daideus. Although he couldn't be killed, the greatest minds from each country, as well as their collective military forces, managed to defeat the diety by seperating his soul from his body. His soul and consciousness were locked away, while his empty, lifeless shell was then burned, with each nation keeping part of the remains locked away.

Seeing what greater good could be accomplished through unity, the 5 nations came together, and formed a 6th country; Capitol. This nation would serve as a neutral party, with its leader acting as a moderator for the other 5. Since the leaders of the other nations were traditionally male, it was decided that this leader would be a woman, to further provide and alternate point of view. Thus, the nation of Capitol was born, and the first Archqueen was coronated.

However, that was several hundred years ago. Daideus is no longer fresh in the minds of the people, and global unrest has begun to resurface. The magick-driven country of Sorca and the science-driven country of Neotopia are on the brink of war, while the desert nation of Cilika finds its government impotent against the Thieves Guild, which has all but taken over that country. All the while, the Schwartzans and Genusans deal with the rest of the world hating them to the point of violence. All this, however, is just stuff and nonsense to Max and Axl, bounty hunters working within the young country of Capitol. Living paycheck to paycheck and bounty head to bounty head, Max and Axl soon find themselves knee deep in a conspiracy where world heroes appear to be villains, and Daideus' legacy begins to emerge from the shadows.

Characters


Max
A skilled bounty hunter with a unique fighting style consisting of using a shield, and his bare hands as weapons. Max is a smart-mouth, through and through. Though he would consider himself more of a quick-wit... Never at a loss for words, Max remains confident and compotent, even in the face of the most legendary of adversaries.


Axl
Max's Schwartzan partner, and the more level-headed of the two. While Max is quick with his words, Axl prefers to let his skills speak for themselves. He's uncharacteristically optimistic for a bounty hunter, though, never letting the job jade him. He sees Max as his best friend, as well as his partner, and often sees Max as his responsibility. He often finds himself in the role of Max's father or guardian, much to both their chagrin.


Chester
A wannabe crime boss who often finds his plans crumbling in utter failure, with Max and Axl often being the same ones to foil his schemes every time. This time, however, Chester finds himself with a mysterious sponsor, and some new hardware. But he may soon find that he's made a faustian deal he'll come to regret...


Dirk
The head of the Hunter's Nest where Max and Axl work, Dirk is a foul-mouthed, hard-assed, nightmare of a boss. With no patience for screw-ups, and a mouth that would demasculate a sailor, Dirk is not a man you want to cross. Making matters worse for Max, Axl often disappears when they return from a job, leaving him to deal with Dirk alone. A job no man on earth would want...


Cassandra
The current Archqueen, and the youngest in history. Only currently in her twenties, Cassandra found herself dropped into the seat of power as a teenager after the assassination of the previous Archqueen. However, she has proven herself very compotent, and her approval rating remains high. Driven by a strong sense of justice, and desire to keep the world from falling apart, Cassandra runs herself ragged trying to do her job to the best of her ability. When she finds that she may be being used by elements within her own government, however, she's not above taking matters into her own hands to prevent a global catastrophe.


Tisha
A frail teenage girl, kept as a secret from the world. There are those who would kill to get their hands on her, with many people being thrown to the wolves for the purposes of capturing this girl. What makes her so valuable may be the last secret Max and Axl will ever discover...


Celia Delgato
A Genusan singer who has become a global sensation, quickly becoming the most popular musician in the world. Her fans are innummerable, and her shows sell out within a matter of hours. For Celia, however, it's not about the money, or the glamour. She hopes to use her music and fame to promote tolerance toward the Genusan race, and spread the message of unity mankind hasn't been open to since the Daideus era. After befriending Max and Axl, however, Celia quickly finds she may play a role in uniting the world she never expected...


Schneider
An arrogant, yet skilled Bounty Hunter who works at the same Hunter's Nest as Max and Axl. His skills have caused him to become Dirk's favorite, leading Schneider to be given the bigger jobs. This quickly comes to bite him in the ass, however, as an impossibly large bounty leads Schneider to become wrapped up in secrets that may become the death of him.


Sylandra
Axl's former partner, Sylandra now works as the leader of the Mercenaries Guild of Capitol. While she may be short in stature, and absolutely horrible with common idioms, Sylandra is tough and capable. And the huge sword she carries around doesn't hurt, either. Still bitter over Axl costing her what would've been the biggest payout of her career, she continues to be the bane of Axl's existance to this day.


Curtis
A genius inventor living in a self-made fortress in the slums of Neotopia, Curtis holds on to his dreams of working in the Neotopia Research Institute as a government-sanctioned scientist. On top of that, he happens to be one of the biggest fans of Celia in the world, to near fanboyish proportions. After befriending Max and Axl, he proves to be a valuable asset with his skills, but may find himself to be in over his head...


Vincent Dvorak
Vincent is a Specialist; a master of both science and magick, which is usually impossible in the world of MnP. Specialists are so rare, in fact, that there have only been eight in all of recorded history. Vincent, however, may be the greatest of them all. He has single-handedly advanced the entire study of science and magick through his research, and improved global quality of life to the point where the global populace views him as a hero. In fact, his diplomatic trips are often met with swarms of fans, as if he were a rock star. However, Max and Axl quickly discover unseemly connections leading straight to Dvorak, and a global conpiracy with the Specialist at the center of it all. His motives and goals are shrouded in mystery, but the lives of countless people will soon be crushed by his machinations.


Rodriguez
One of Vincent Dvorak's 4 assistants, Rodriguez is a man one wouldn't expect to see a world hero associating with. Rodriguez posseses all forms of Kenesis (Telekenesis, Pyrokenesis, Cryokenesis, Electrokenesis, and Psychokenesis), which, while allowing him to wield incredible power with his mind, has left him a mental wreck. Mentally unstable, and very homicidal, Rodriguez is a man who cannot be reasoned with in any sense.


?????
This mysterious and eccentric young man belongs to an organizations standing in opposition to the world governments, Max and Axl, and even Vincent Dvorak. Their purposes are unknown to everyone, save select government officials who know much more than they're willing to tell. Dangerous and powerful, this man and his associates answer only to the one they call "Big Brother," and are rumored to have ties to Daideus himself.

Screenshots



Max's wit never disappoints


Trekking through Chester's subterranian hideout.


Venturing through outdated machinery.


Navigating the conveyer belts of the engine room. Here, it's easy enough to reach the end, but finding all the treasures is another story...


A common problem...


Max gives Schneider some crap for his broody ways...


Could evil be lurking in this sleepy hamlet?!


A foreboding desert door.


Max eggs on the boss.


Other notes
Money and Power is, like most RPGs, very story-heavy. Featuring a long and winding storyline, with dialogue a cut above the rest (I did study dialogue to write it professionally, after all), MnP may not feature a ton of custom systems and the like, but boasts an intriguing storyline with balanced gameplay, and a variety of unique challenges.

One notable feature is that every boss and dungeon is desinged to be unique in some way. Unlike many RM games, you won't find yourself simply walking from point A to point B, inhibitied by random encounter suntil you reach an enemy with higher stats serving as the boss. In MnP, you'll face off against bosses that go through barrier changes, are healed by helpers that self-destruct if attacked (causing massive damage to the heroes, leaving the option of taking the damage, or letting the boss heal), or drop tiem bombs that cause an automatic game-over if they go off. In the dungeons, you'll find yourself fighting against the wind, avoiding frostbyte by rushing from shelter to shelter, and solving brain-busting switch puzzles.

Special attacks are governed differently, as well, with a variety of ways to acquire your techniques. At first, you can find techs in hidden treasure chests. However, later on you'll learn magick attacks, which can be upgraded for a fee (for instance, to use Final Fantasy attacks as an example, Fire would be replaced with Fira, then Firaga), while your old physical attacks can be infused with magical properties, creating new moves with new effects. However, these new moves come at a price, as enemies later down the line may be more weak to the original attack than its magickal counterpart. Also, other characters have unique abilities all their own (Curtis, for instance, learns his techniques if he can find the right materials, and build new tools with them that serve as his special attacks).

And, yes, magic is spelled with the archaic "ck" in MnP. As for why I'm using RM2K, I have my reasons. This post is long enough, so I won't get into that. ;) I'll be releasing demos in a chapter style, with each demo ending at certain parts in the story. The first demo is almost ready, but I can't release it until I find a graphical artist who can take my drawings, and make pixel art out of them. I want to incorporate cutscenes into the game (ala Ninja Gaiden), and I want it to look like actual game graphics... However, I'm just a penciller, so I can't do it myself.

Facesets are all edited to show various emotions. Edits are largely done by yours truly (thanks to my handy-dandy tablet), and provide extra emphasis on character reactions and personality.

Finally, sorry if I seemed to kind of stumble my way through this. I'm used to pitching story ideas in brief, vague paragraphs in my comic submissions, and I'm alot better at telling the story within the story itself, as opposed to something like this. So, I ask you to bear with me. =D

Dungeon Puzzle Help

Man, do I hate just showing up to bug you guys, but this is killing me, here! See, I've got this dungeon where I want to put an emphasis on thinking man's puzzles (though not too hard, as it's early on). One of the puzzles I wanted to impliment was a switch puzzle wherein stepping on one switch would activate or deactivate the ones around it (classic puzzle, we've all seen it). However, I'm having one helluvca time getting it to work. I've looked for tutuorials all over the place, but it's been a no-go. Is it possible for anyone to help a fellah out with getting this puzzle working? How do I do it, exactly, 'cause I've been doing it wrong... If you have a tutorial link, that'd be great too (and hell, any other puzzle tuts would be great, as well)!

As always, I appreciate you taking the time to read this!

Battle Background help!

Okay, so I got myself a wierd problem...

I'm using RM2K (an antique, I know), and I'm having this strange problem. In my newest map, the random encounters simply will not accept the battle background I set for it. Whenever a battle starts, it just picks up the background based on the terrain. So no matter what I try, all the battles are in the grasslands background. What the hell is going on?!

Can anyone help me, here?!

Looking for some graphical help!

Hello there! Long time lurker, rare poster...! Anyway, I'm working on an RPG (big suprise), and I need a little help. I want to include some artwork into the game to improve the narrative. Y'know, when certain cinematics take place, a shnazzy picture will accompany it, we've all seen it before. Well, I can draw in pencil real well (even breaking into the comic book biz), but that's about as far as I can go. I'd like to know if any of you guys would be willing to help a green-behind-the-ears brotha out, by sort of "spriting" over some pencille dimages. Basically, just outlining, coloring, adding some shadows, that kind of thing. Doing the spriter voodoo, but on a picture.

Now, you may be apprehensive. That's understandable. None of you know me, and for all you know, I could be some dumb teenager with squat for talent asking to have my crappy drawings digitized for some RTP-laden crapterpiece. Well, you can see some examples of my artwork at my DeviantART page (http://lordshmeckie.deviantart.com), and as for the RTP thing, well... I can guarantee it's not a crapterpiece, but I can't really promise any more than that. I'm no braggart, after all.

Any help would be appreciated! Thanks for reading, at least! :D
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